Azi finds the contrasting responses of Eliot Spitzer and Joe Bruno to scandal interesting:
Joe Bruno fired Roger Stone immediately – the same day that the phone calls he supposedly made came to light. Eliot Spitzer only “suspended” and demoted two people – Darren Dopp and Bill Howard – when the anti-Bruno smear effort was revealed, and he’s defending a third (Rich Baum).
Granted, Stone was only a consultant, and thus easier to cut loose than Spitzer’s aides. And the accusations are not entirely analogous – and no criminal charges have (yet) been filed against anyone. But Bruno and Spitzer were both faced with similar situations and responded very differently.
Spitzer, in protecting his people and standing by them, has taken a beating and has connected his own reputation to the unfolding saga – he’s made it clear that these are his people. But Bruno didn’t even hesitate. He dragged Stone to the guillotine and killed the story, at least as far as the Senate G.O.P. is concerned. Bruno decided right away not to let Stone overshadow his criticisms of Spitzer. Bruno spared himself considerable grief. Spitzer didn’t. If anything, Spitzer’s loyalty calls to mind George W. Bush’s refusal to toss Albert Gonzales aside – it only gives the other party ammunition to use against him.
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